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Financial Markets & Global Risk Aversion
· Developed economies continue to navigate in different cyclical conditions. In the US, speculation about early exit of QE have brought higher volatility. This contrasts with the Japanese announcement of larger and longer QE which sparked the search for high yield
· The surge in buy-mood for EM assets peaked at end May but worse than expected Chinese macroeconomic data and the Fed signaling early exit of QE has sharply worsened the mood for EM assets.
Sovereign Markets & Ratings Update
· The improvement in EU credit risk has come to a halt. EU periphery risk premiums were not immune to the increase in global risk aversion
· The European credit rating cycle remained stable with some of the bailed out countries being upgraded. However, CDS still signaling downgrade potential in some of the peripheral countries and France.
· The upgrade cycle in EM ratings was confirmed in some Latam economies (Mexico & Colombia), as well as Asian (Thailand & Philippines) and Turkey. In contrast the Brazilian rating was given a negative outlook
Our own country risk assessment
· Global volatility in financial markets is the natural response to the different strategies of central banks’ world wide as well as very different cyclical circumstances. As public and private balance sheets remain weak in developed markets , any change in strategy or macroeconomic data can bring major swings in the perception of risk and, thereby, market volatility.
· While Emerging Markets vulnerabilities remain relatively low, EM Policymakers will have to step up efforts to manage their economies in such a volatile environment for capital flows. The combination of higher global risk aversion, worse than expected macroeconomic results in some EM (particularly China) and political instability in countries like Turkey can only further increase financial volatility.